Clampdown at airport: 10 security officers arrested over stolen booze

Clampdown at airport: 10 security officers arrested over stolen booze

- A security clampdown at OR Tambo International Airport has enjoyed some success

- With the festive season bringing scores of people through the doors, criminal activity has been disrupted

- Among the action taken, 10 staff members have been arrested and attempts to smuggle items have been thwarted

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OR Tambo International Airport has released a statement lauding success for its festive season security clampdown.

BusinessTech reports that 3.6 million people are expected to move through the airport over the course of the next two months, bringing a wave of security concerns with them.

However, the airport says that operations meant to disrupt criminal activity have been successful so far:

“Security has been ramped up with additional members being provided by the South African Police Service and licensed security contractors. Among the measures being taken are random stop and search operations of people working in and around the airport. Other measures include additional staff to monitor several hundred CCTV cameras in real time." gathered that 10 arrests have been made and the same number have been dismissed from their posts at the airport.

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Security officers employed by a contracted firm were found in possession of stolen items, including alcohol and other beverages.

The stolen goods had reportedly been found thrown over a fence and covered in blankets before being discovered and handed over to authorities for further investigation.

Betty Maloka, a senior manager at the airport, says the top priority was the safety and security of those who pass through airport doors:

“This is Africa’s largest airport and South Africa’s premier point of entry. We are very much aware of our responsibility to provide not only a safe environment but also to enhance South Africa’s reputation among visitors."

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